Volleyball: Players to watch

August 28, 2012|By Mike Frainie | For The Baltimore Sun

Cassidy Davis

River Hill, hitter, senior

The lone returning starter from a team that reached the Class 3A state championship last season, Davis will be counted on to be a leader on a young team.

Margaret Doody

Broadneck, hitter, senior

A force in the middle of the Bruins offense, Doody finally appears to be ready this season after dealing with health problems in the past. She can be dominant if she gets on a roll.

Ashlee Felton

Arundel, hitter, senior

The Wildcats lost a lot from a team that reached the Class 4A state title game last year, but Felton returns and should lead the Arundel offense. She also excels as a blocker.

Ijeoma Igwe

Seton Keough, hitter, senior

Long regarded as one of the best players in the IAAM A conference, Igwe should be the best player on a very balanced team. A powerful presence at the net, she will have to be a leader if the Gators are to do well.

Trisha Mockapetris

Centennial, hitter, senior

Mockapetris, a Division I prospect and All-Metro first-team performer last season, begins her fourth year on varsity on a mission for a Class 3A state title. She led the Eagles with 294 kills and a .924 serving percentage in 2011.

Chelsea Owensby

Mount de Sales, setter, senior

A four-year starter and an All-Metro first-team selection last year, Owensby will captain a rebuilding squad that will rely on her leadership. An all-around player, her 494 assists last year led the Baltimore area.

Amanda Rodriguez

Bel Air, setter, junior

Rodriguez will lead a team that is one of the favorites in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference. She will have to distribute the ball well if the Bobcats hope to accomplish their goals this year.

Kristen Seeba

Archbishop Spalding, hitter, senior

Seeba was a big part of the Cavaliers' undefeated season and IAAM A Conference championship in 2011. An All-Metro second-team choice last year, she will have to control the net for Spalding to repeat as champions.

Tori Smith

C. Milton Wright, hitter, junior

Smith will have to step up as the Mustangs move from the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference's lower division to the upper one. The Mustangs will need her dominance and power to do well.

Jessica Starr

Dulaney, hitter, senior

An underrated player, Starr returns for last season's Baltimore County runner-up. Her versatility will be a major asset to a program that looks to supplant Towson as the premier program in the county.

Other notables:

Casey Bair, Winters Mill

Camryn Beaumont, Mount de Sales

Kim Bell, Severna Park

Sara Bollinger, Winters Mill

Haley Bordner, Century

Erika Carter, Chesapeake-AA

Madison Carter, South River

Cassidy Crossland, St. Paul's

Sabrina Burrell, Western

Jessica Eisenberg, McDonogh

Kristen Flint, Howard

Danielle Francey, Catonsville

Brooke Gallagher, Francis Scott Key

Hanna Glazer, Towson

Mimi Graf, Broadneck

Grace Hayes, Westminster

Heather Hilse, Hereford

Abbie Hoekstra, Severna Park

Sophia Hoekstra, Severna Park

Alexa Kelley, Reservoir

Grace McCarthy, Liberty

Phoenix Offutt, Fallston

Allie Orr, Arundel

Brittany Orr, Arundel

Morgan Perry, Glenelg

Hannah Pinion, Reservoir

Haleigh Plummer, C. Milton Wright

Jillian Randolph, St. Paul's

Rachel Robinson, Seton Keough

Hailey Thrift, Century

Taylor Thomas, River Hill

Lexi White-Torruellas, Centennial

Erin Walter, Mount Hebron

Morgan Walter, Mount Hebron

Kia Williams, Bel Air

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